Corn Silage Conference to Offer Latest Information to Beef Industry Worldwide

An abundance of new information on an age-old feed has led extension specialists from Iowa State University and University of Nebraska—Lincoln to offer a one-day conference for cattle producers, nutrition consultants and extension personnel. Galen Erickson, beef feedlot extension specialist with UNL, said the June 17 Silage for Beef Cattle Conference, sponsored by Lallemand Animal Nutrition, will capitalize on the resurgence of silage in beef diets.

“Corn silage appears to be very economical in beef growing and finishing situations, and we know many people use it,” he said. “If it is going to be used, however, it’s important to know the specifics about types, storage and pricing, and this conference will tackle all those issues.”

The speaker lineup includes university experts from UNL, Iowa State and Kansas State University (KSU), and from program sponsor Lallemand Animal Nutrition. The agenda features eight presentation sessions and a panel discussion, and will be held at the August N. Christenson Research and Education Building at the UNL Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, NE. The conference is approved for 5 CEUs from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS).

The conference begins with registration at 8:15 a.m., will adjourn by 4 p.m. and is free for those preregistered by Monday, June 13. Otherwise, the fee is $30 per person for those not preregistered with that amount due on-site. The conference brochure has agenda information, directions to the location, contacts for more information and a fillable registration form in pdf format, and is available on the Iowa Beef Center website (

“Because we know there’s a great deal of interest in this topic, and we know not everyone can travel to attend this conference, we’re also offering a web viewing option for the entire day available to people with internet access from anywhere around the world,” Erickson said. “In addition to this streaming option, we plan to capture shorter segments that highlight the take-home points and provide them after the conference, and we’ll provide a proceedings of all the material presented during the day.”

UNL and ISU have provided joint beef nutrition programming for years, and working together to offer this conference was a logical choice, according to Dan Loy, Iowa Beef Center director at Iowa State.

“This is a great opportunity for us to bring current research information to the cattle industry in Nebraska, Iowa and beyond,” Loy said. “Offering both an on-site location and an online streaming opportunity increases the reach of this information to a national and international audience.”

Erickson said Lallemand Animal Nutrition approached the team about working with them to sponsor a meeting focused on silage, and its financial support makes it possible for preregistered attendees to do so at no cost.

“We are excited to be working in conjunction with the University of Nebraska and Iowa State University on this conference,” said Bob Charley, PhD, Forage Products Manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “We believe that this is a great opportunity to educate beef producers on the importance of producing high quality silage for their operations.”

Erickson said it’s important for producers to understand how to select proper hybrids for silage, know when to put up silage and knowing how to store silage to minimize shrink.

“Optimizing both the amount fed and silage in combination with which other ingredients is critical in determining whether silage is an economical choice,” Erickson said. “This conference will provide that information, as well as tools for pricing silage.”

The conference speakers, their affiliation and presentation topics follow:

• Dr. Bob Charley, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, “Corn Silage Fermentation Process”
• Dr. Keith Bolsen, KSU, “Silage Safety, Shrink, and Methods to Control Losses”
• Dr. Renato Schmidt, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, “Impact of Silage Inoculant”
• Dr. Jim MacDonald, UNL, “Optimizing Corn Silage Harvest for Quality and Yield”
• Dr. Dan Loy, Iowa State, “Evaluation of Silages, and What a Feed Test Means for Good vs. Bad Silage”
• Dr. Andrea Watson, UNL, “Use of Corn Silage in Growing Programs and Protein Considerations”
• Erickson and Henry Hilscher, UNL, “Feeding Programs for Silage, Silage Hybrid, and Harvest Time Impact on Performance”
• Dr. Terry Klopfenstein and Hilscher, UNL, “Economics of Silage Use and Proper Pricing”

For more information, contact Erickson at 402-472-6402 or Loy at 515-294-1058.

Galen Erickson, University of Nebraska animal science, 402-472-6402,
Dan Loy, Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, 515-294-1058,

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Beef Center, 515-294-4496,